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Kahn Reference Guide: The Design of the Library: Books (Authors M-S)

A Guide to Kahn's Academy Library Building

Books (Authors M-S)

McCarter, Robert. "Library and Dining Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy,
     Exeter, New Hampshire 1965-1972." In Louis I. Kahn. London: Phaidon, 2003.
(pp. 304-325).
          A description of the Academy Library and the Dining Hall.
          Includes plans, photographs. Further references to the library
          appear on other pages.

Mee, Charles L., Jr. "Louis Kahn." In Three Centuries of Notable American 
, Ed. Joseph J. Thorndike, Jr. New York: American Heritage

     Publishing Co., Inc., 1981 (pp. 280-299).
          An overview of Kahn's career. On the Library, ". . . a feeling of mystery
          and power that makes it one of Kahn's greatest works."

Roca, Miguel Angel. "La Biblioteca de Exeter: El Santuario de la Memoria." In 
     Arquetipos y Modernidad I: Louis Kahn. Buenos Aires: Coleccion Summarios,
     1984 (pp. 17-26.)
          Includes plans, section and photographs.

Ronner, Heinz, Sharad Jhaveri, and Alessandro Vaselle. "Phillips Exeter 
     Library, Exeter, N.H. 1967-72." In Louis I. Kahn Complete Works,
. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1977 (pp. 365-372).

          Floor plans, drawings, elevations, photographs of models, with captions
          and running text of quotations by Kahn.

Rosa, Joseph. "Louis I. Kahn, 1901-1974: Enlightened Space." Koln; London: 
     Taschen, c2006 (pp. 74-78).
          A two page desrciption of the library, with photgraphs and plan.

Rouda, Mitchell B. "Kahn, Louis I(sadore)." In Contemporary Architects, Ed. 
     Muriel Emanuel. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980 (pp. 409-412).
          A chronological biography followed by a list of works and a comprehensive
          bibliography of work by Kahn, books on Kahn, and an essay about his work
          which includes mention of the Library.

Shannon, Carl Dommerich. Learning From Louis Kahn: a Study of the Phillips
      Exeter Academy Library and the Mellon Center for British Art at Yale.
      A.B. honors thesis, Harvard University, 1987.  
          A study of two of Kahn's major works, from "theoretical development"
          to analysis and interpretation of the completed buildings.

Smith, Charles R. Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn: a Bibliography,
Metuchen, N.J., The Scarecrow Press, 1987 (pp. 165-167).
          A thorough bibliography of writings about Kahn and his work, arranged by

Smith, G.E. Kidder. "The Phillips Exeter Academy Library (1969-71)." In 
     The Architecture of the United States. Vol. 1. Garden City, NY: Anchor
     Press/Doubleday, 1981 (pp. 341-343).
          A general description and evaluation of the building.

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